NYU Teacher Residency Program with Syracuse City School District

Syracuse City School District

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Located in central New York, Syracuse City School District (SCSD) is a progressive and highly diverse district. With refugee resettlement so prominent, Syracuse has been named a Sanctuary City. The 20,000 students speak over 80 languages – making for a rich teaching landscape. Dedicated to a balanced approach to school improvement, the district offers the same level of support to teachers, students, and their families.

New teachers to the Syracuse City School District are provided multiple layers of support including a mentor teacher to provide non-evaluative support, and a Peer Assistance Review staff member to provide evaluative feedback relative to their classroom practice.  Various instructional and impact  coaches provide additional means of supporting new teachers.

Student population

50% Black
23% Caucasian
13% Hispanic/Latino
8% Asian/Pacific


Qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch


English Language Learners


Qualify for Special Education Services

District initiatives

  • Greater parent engagement by creating a stronger home-school connection and finding ways for parents to become more active in their child's education.
  • Continued expansion of our career and tech education programs, providing a hands-on approach to meeting the demands of a 21st-century world.
  • Strive to personalize learning toward each student's distinct learning needs and strengths – for a more effective and impactful education.

The details

  • 30-credit master of arts in teaching (MAT) program
  • Meet online with NYU Steinhardt faculty and peers twice per week in the evening for your course work ~15 hours/week
  • ~40 hours/week in classroom residency at partner location
  • Tuition subsidy and stipend or wage from partner school
  • Two-year commitment following residency required
  • Full-day cost details

During residency year

Estimated Stipend/Wage
(Resident role subject to change by SCSD)
Health Insurance Provided by Syracuse City School District
Start Date August 2023

After residency year

Job After Graduation After successful completion of the program, you will have a job waiting for you as a teacher in an SCSD school.* In exchange for providing a master’s subsidy and funding to offset your living expenses during your residency year, SCSD will require you to make a commitment to teach in the district for a minimum of two years after earning your degree.
*Pending availability and eligibility
Estimated Starting Salary with Master’s Degree $54,400

The figures above are estimates provided by our partners for informational and planning purposes only. NYU Steinhardt does not guarantee these amounts.

 I didn’t realize initially how unique the residency experience would be. Instead of only a short time in the classroom, in this extended period of time, I’ve learned so much more. I’ve changed my opinions and become more flexible in my understanding of what students need.

graduate, 2019 cohort,
Syracuse City School District

 It’s clear our goals are to absorb material in one class at a time, build strong relationships, and get increasingly comfortable with eventually becoming the lead teacher.

graduate, 2018 cohort,
Syracuse City School District

 What drew me in the most was that it was very hands-on; I could be in the classroom for the whole year. I really appreciated that you didn’t switch schools throughout the program.

graduate, 2019 cohort,
Syracuse City School District